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    Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    As its a quite day at work I'd thought I'd have a look at a project I want to do at home.

    I have a large quantity of audio files some of which are in aac format but the majority are in MP3 at various bitrates. What i want to do is to rebuild my iTunes library from scratch again and when I reimport them I want to convert all the files to aac.

    What I need to know is if I can get itunes to this automatcally without leaving 2 copies of the files in the library as I don't want to spend an age going through all the files and removing the duplicates.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Bounce

    Anyone?

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    You might be able to script mplayer to do this, no idea about itunes.
    there's a collection of examples here, but none specific as mp3 to aac.
    http://gimpel.gi.funpic.de/wiki/inde...3/ogg_on_Linux

    probably hack around with the examples, sorry I can't be more help

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Can't you let iTunes do it, and then in iTunes add the coloum Kind, and sort the files by Kind and delete the MPEG audio files.

    Might be easier than trying to script?

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    As its a quite day at work

    I long for one of these......! ;-)

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Best way

    Found out where music files are stored copy them to different location...

    Next delete your entire library and remove the files as well so only got a copy.

    Next goto options make sure that import method is set to mp3 and correct bitrate and that recopy into library not sure of exact wording here..

    So that imports at mp3 and it makes a new copy of it when importing then just drag the previous music files onto itunes windows and it should hey presto reimport them in mp3 at correct bitrate.

    Russ

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Thanks russdev your idea worked apart from one thing that i needed to change. which was to convert from mp3 to acc. Its now just going to take about 4 hours to convert my music collection.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    honestly you won't see any benefit in going from mp3 > AAC, as you're starting with a lossy compression to start with. So really what you need to do is go back to square one and rip to AAC in iTunes from the original CD's... Which is what I did. Now everything in my lib is AAC, bar a few indie tracks/other odds n sods that were digital downloads to start with...

    Otherwise, I'd go with what Mulletman said. That'd be the easiest way.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Quote Originally Posted by AshF
    honestly you won't see any benefit in going from mp3 > AAC, as you're starting with a lossy compression to start with. So really what you need to do is go back to square one and rip to AAC in iTunes from the original CD's... Which is what I did. Now everything in my lib is AAC, bar a few indie tracks/other odds n sods that were digital downloads to start with...

    Otherwise, I'd go with what Mulletman said. That'd be the easiest way.
    Most of my stuff is already in MP3 format at different bitrates. The only reason i want to do it is so that I don't have to convert it when I load it onto my iPod so I can get the maximum number of tracks. Anyway I lost virtually my CD's when my ex decided that she was going to give them to her her new partner when she threw me out.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Bummer. I Lost a lot of CD's in a similar incident... Thankfully I've managed to build them back up over the past 5 years...

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Quote Originally Posted by AshF
    Bummer. I Lost a lot of CD's in a similar incident... Thankfully I've managed to build them back up over the past 5 years...
    Alot of my music is Darkwave, EBM and Goth and is very difficult to get on cd.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Goth? You? I would never have guessed.

    For me ... I run the conversiona and then sort by kind, deleting the unwanted MP3s.

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    Re: Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

    Quote Originally Posted by richard
    Alot of my music is Darkwave, EBM and Goth and is very difficult to get on cd.
    You ever heard of a band called Rome Burns? I did their last CD Cover/Booklet/Etc. Not my usual genre, but I did enjoy listening to the tracks whilst I designed it...

    Hope to do some more work for them as time goes on. Not a lot of money in it, but it was quite satisfying to recieve a CD with my work on it, shrinkwrapped and properly pressed...

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